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FDA Issues Letter to “OTC Hearing Aid” Manufacturers

A letter by the FDA's William Maisel cautions that hearing devices cannot use “OTC hearing aids” in their marketing since the FDA definition of this hearing aid class—which would probably include severity of loss and other important safety, quality, and labeling requirements—has not yet been established.

PSAPs, OTC and Self-fitting Hearing Aids, ACHIEVE, and More: An Interview with Nicholas Reed, PhD

Nicholas Reed, PhD, and his colleagues at Johns Hopkins have been involved in some extremely exciting research on personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) and over-the-counter (OTC) devices, as well as cognition and hearing loss. Douglas Beck, AuD, interviews Dr Reed about these topics, as well as the group’s recent work on the ACHIEVE study.

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Qualcomm Technologies and Jacoti Partner on Wireless Earbuds

Jacoti’s technology comes with a self-administered hearing test that prompts various tones and frequencies, to establish volume thresholds for the user’s level of hearing. Two audiograms are then created, tailored specifically to the user’s right and left ears, acting as the user’s individual hearing prescription based on their level of individual hearing, according to the company’s announcement.

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ReSound Launches Face Mask Program at 2020 Digital EUHA Congress

According to ReSound, hearing care professionals can now adjust hearing aid settings to compensate for the sound distortions caused by face masks. The new settings can be installed “remotely and conveniently via the ReSound Assist Live— a cloud-based tele-audiology service that provides support to people from the safety and comfort of home.” This technology has proven important during COVID-19.

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Full Bandwidth Streamed Audio with an Open-fit: Is It Possible?

With the proliferation of smartphone usage amongst hearing aid users, good sound quality during streaming is no longer a ‘desire’ but a ‘need.’ Unlike conventional acoustic hearing aids, the Earlens Contact Hearing Aid’s unique mechanism of action allows for the provision of low-frequency output for streamed sources while maintaining a widely vented fitting. Using an industry-wide standard method for evaluation of sound quality, subjective judgments of streamed audio quality of the Earlens compared with other MFi-capable acoustic hearing aids reveals that the Earlens Contact Hearing Aid offers the best streamed audio sound quality for both speech and music.

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Research Shows Benefit of Access to All Sounds in Environment

Studies conducted by Eriksholm Research Centre found that natural brain function first processes the entire sound scene before focusing or selectively attending to the sound of interest. Researchers point out that the findings have significant implications for hearing aid design, challenging traditional approaches that let conventional technology decide what the brain needs to attend to.

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